The New York City Wine & Food Festival

The New York City Wine & Food Festival

Want to give back to a charity through eating? The New York City Wine & Food Festival does just this! Join us as we dive into the deliciousness of the largest wine and food festival in New York City.

2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel – New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF)

The NYCWFF is back for another year of food and wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, cooking classes, celebrity chef events, rooftop parties, and more! It’s a great event because you drink and eat (obviously) but more so because the money is donated to a charity. There’s also the fact that it’s a star-studded affair. If the names Giada De Laurentiis, Rachel Ray, Robert Irvine, or Katherine Heigl ring a bell, read on!

 

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Chef Giada De Laurentiis attends the Grand Tasting

 

NYCWFF - Chef Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York and Center Bar

Chef Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York and Center Bar

 

NYCWFF Annual Event

Every major player in the food industry attends the NYCWFF along with a few fun, non-food related celebrities. The event is usually held downtown in Chelsea Market (home to the Food Network) or uptown on Pier 92. In whatever location they choose, it’s enormous. You can spend hours at NYCWFF indulging your inner gourmand.

 

NYCWFF - Guests attend the Grand Tasting

 

Ben Pollinger serves oysters at The Lobster Place

Ben Pollinger serves oysters

 

Actress Katherine Heigl attends the Grand Tasting

Actress Katherine Heigl

 

What do you do at the NYCWFF? You eat, learn, and mingle with food aficionados! It’s a grand gathering where you wander the complex from stands to stages. Local and national food vendors hand out sample products, all the while cooking demonstrations, seminars, wine tastings, and book signings by celebrity chefs occur. What could be better than this?

 

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NYCWFF - Chef Richard Capizzi with guests at Celebrity Cruises® Sweet Masquerade

Chef Richard Capizzi

 

Ben Pollinger serves oysters at The Lobster Place

 

As an attendee you get a lot of free samples and swag bags of goodies from sponsors of the event. I’ve got to say, nothing gets me giddy quite like free stuff and food samples. The excitement, the noise, the choices – it’s a busy, busy event with a cacophony of aromas. My only wish is that I could have a bigger stomach to handle it all.

 

Football player Nick Mangold tastes burgers during the Blue Moon Burger Bash

Football player Nick Mangold tastes burgers during the Blue Moon Burger Bash

 

Many things occur simultaneously, so wear your walking shoes and plan what you want to do ahead of time. This especially means securing your tickets in advance for the events you’d like to attend. If you’re worried about some of the pricier dinners or tastings with top chefs, there are many options that are under $100. Here is the NYCWFF event schedule.

 

Chef Michael Chernow attends Tacos & Tequila

Chef Michael Chernow attends Tacos & Tequila

 

NYCWFF - Guests attend the Blue Moon Burger Bash

 

NYCWFF Food

Peruse the vendor stands as you sip on champagne and learn about the artistic, knowledgeable, and tasty ways these chefs put food together. It always inspires me to go home, roll up my sleeves, and get down to business in the kitchen. There are stands for national suppliers, but the ones you want to make sure to find are the restaurateur ones. These are artisan, local, and delicious. I love that you can sample the food from these establishments because it helps you curate your own list of restaurants to go to on a future date.

 

NYCWFF - lobster grand tasting

 

Pigs n' Pints

Pigs n’ Pints – Out of everything I’d eat this first

 

NYCWFF - oysters

 

NYCWFF - Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival

 

NYCWFF - Celebrity Cruises® Sweet Masquerade

 

NYCWFF - chocolate Food on display

 

NYCWFF Wine

Copious amounts of wine are on-hand. There seemed be more than 100 wine and spirit vendors present offering you sample after sample. You could do some serious pre-gaming here. I’ve got to hand it to the folks organizing NYCWFF. When you first walk into the event, you’re given wine glasses attached to a lanyard string that goes around your neck. Yay – hands-free!

 

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte on display at Chicken Coupe

 

NYCWFF - Wine products

 

NYCWFF Cooking Demonstrations

Oh yes. Give me the secrets. Demonstrations are sprinkled about with local NYC or famous chefs acting as hosts. What I like is that they have book signings for many of the more famous food figures after their demonstrations. It’s awesome that you can meet the people that you know and love on channels like the Food Network.

 

NYCWFF - Chef Masaharu Morimoto

Chef Masaharu Morimoto attends the Grand Tasting

 

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Robert Irvine attends Pigs n’ Pints

 

The NYCWFF Grand Tasting

The is the big event of the NYCWFF and is described as their culinary wonderland. Witness cool cooking techniques, have larger portion tastings, find new recipes, and taste the most sought-after wines and dishes from around the world. This is where you’re most likely to find the more famous names as well.

 

Celebrity Chef Rachael Ray (L) and chef Jacques Torres attend the Blue Moon Burger Bash

Celebrity Chef Rachael Ray and chef Jacques Torres

 

NYCWFF - cutting steak

Chef Cesare Casella

 

NYCWFF - Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg speaks at Chicken Coupe

 

Chef Giada De Laurentiis

Chef Giada De Laurentiis

 

NYCWFF Parties

What’s great about NYC is the nightlife and the fun at the NYCWFF doesn’t end with the sun. For that matter, it also doesn’t need the shade of night as an excuse to party. Attend an outdoor barbecue with Bobby Flay during the day or dress up for the masquerade party at night.

 

NYCWFF - Celebrity Cruises on display at Celebrity Cruises® Sweet Masquerade red dress

Celebrity Cruises Sweet Masquerade Ball

 

Guests attend Celebrity Cruises® Sweet Masquerade Hosted By Dominique Ansel And Pecko Zantilaveevan, part of Mohegan Sun's Late Night Party Series at NYCWFF

 

Oysterponds Oysters on display at The Lobster Place

 

Another cool option is to buy tickets to attend one of the elegant sit-down dinners. They pretty much have everything that fits your style.

 

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Pat LaFrieda chefs cook a whole steer at Meatopia

 

NYCWFF - Chefs cook meat at Meatopia

Chefs cook meat at Meatopia

 

NYCWFF - Chefs cook meat at Meatopia - rooftop

 

A view of the Marra Forni station at Giada De Laurentiis' Italian Feast

Marri Forna station

 

NYCWFF - throwing pizza

 

The annual New York Wine & Food Festival is held every fall over the course of 4 days. As of this writing they’ve raised over $9.5 million dollars to fight world hunger. 100% of the net proceeds goes to the No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank in NYC.

 

Oysterponds Oysters on display at The Lobster Place

Oysterponds Oysters on display at The Lobster Place

 

NYCWFF - Chef Mark Rosati of Shake Shack poses with his dish, ShackChicken

Chef Mark Rosati of Shake Shack

 

NYCWFF - Chef Giada De Laurentis greets guests with food at Giada De Laurentiis' Italian Feast 5

 

All of this sounds pretty great, right? Don’t take my word for it – GO!

 

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